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Gran Turismo

The Cardigans

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Album Review

With "Love Fool," the Cardigans catapulted from a cult favorite to an international phenomenon. Instead of being happy with their success, they fretted about their artistic credibility, concerned that they were seen as merely a light pop band instead of an ironic pop band. This usually results in a self-conscious departure from form — and that is exactly what Gran Turismo, the follow-up to First Band on the Moon, is. There are still elements of the Cardigans' melodic style, but they have trimmed away their sense of humor and style, adding vague electronica experiments and mildly distorted guitars in their wake.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Jönköping, Sweden

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the most pleasing pop groups of the '90s, the Cardigans specialized in sugary confections that would grow annoying very quickly if they weren't backed by solid musicianship and clever arrangements. The band's 1995 breakout album, Life, reflected the Cardigans at their most saccharine — the sunny disposition of vocalist Nina Persson being the major argument in favor — and critics inserted...
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